Thursday, August 25, 2011

New York Giants - PREVIEW - Cornerbacks

I figured I'd go with the most talked about position for the G-Men ATM. Unfortunately it's for the wrong reasons, injury.

So far during training 3 have gone down with season ending injuries and another 1st round pick Prince Amukamara for 6 weeks with a broken foot.

Brian Witherspoon a 3rd year pro was impressing until a torn knee ligament prematurely ending his season.

Terrell Thomas a starting corner who was looking to have a breakout year also torn his ACL during the rout of the Chicago Bears on Monday - season over!

Bruce Johnson tore his Achilles tendon and Woodny Turenne was waived after hurting his calf.

With only 5 healthy CB's on the roster the Giants Brian Williams a 128 veteran with 99 starts with the Minnesota Viking, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. The 4th round pick out of North Carolina State is a proven playmaker recording a career best 5 interceptions and 63 tackles in 2003 for the Vikings. While he is being signed as a back up his durability will be an asset to a position notorious for knee injuries.

The other healthy CB's are Corey Webster, Aaron Ross (who will claim the right CB position), Michael Coe, Joe Burnett and Darnell Burks.

Webster and Ross will need to stay healthy in a division consisting of quarterbacks Michael Vick and Tony Romo for fear of the secondary being renamed 'toast'. Webster ironically was thrown into the starting spot through injury during the 2007 post-season run to the playoffs and played a staring role including 2 clutch interceptions in the play off win over Tampa Bay.

Michael Coe is leading the Giants in tackles (10) after 2 preseason games, probably due to the playing time of 1st and 2nd stringers and will need to keep improving if they don't want to be exposed in the nickle and dime packages.

For the secondary to find it's groove it needs to start the season well and build confidence. 300+ yard 4 touchdown games may be enough for cracks to appear and a charge at the Superbowl to be a distant thought.

"Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten" Aesop
     “Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.” Marcus Aurelius

Until then hail to the Ligamentum!

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